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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 06-16-2010, 12:27 PM
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Driver's seat rocks or shifts?

I've had my 540i/6 for almost a month, and am enjoying it immensely. The sport seats are pretty snug, but comfortable. I've noticed, particularly on left hand turns, that the driver's seat seems to shift or rock slightly. It's subtle, but a little disconcerting, and makes me worry about the long-term health of the seat. I am admittedly a fat bastage (6'3", 290 lbs), which I'm sure doesn't help, but I haven't had this issue in any other cars. The interior is in great shape, and I'd like to keep it that way. I've searched the forums, but haven't found anything that specifically addresses what I'm experiencing.

Anybody run into this? Any known fixes?
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:34 PM
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Go on a diet?
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:45 PM
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Dude that is harsh!!

I have the same problem too!

When I hit a corner sharply my seat will "click" and move very slightly...
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:58 PM
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Sorry, I was just joking LOL!

I wrote a DIY for fuses under the seat here. You can see that the seat is held by 4 Torx 50 bolts.
I took a whole bunch of under-the-seat pictures. If you want I can post them later when I get home.

Make sure these 4 bolts are not loose!

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=459397

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Old 06-16-2010, 02:03 PM
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Thanks cn90, I'll give those bolts a look.
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:23 PM
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On the driver's side, there is a plastic cover (smaller Torx bolt) covering the access to the Seat Torx Bolts.
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:06 PM
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Have the exact same issue, but I'm 100# lighter, so prob not due to your weight. Took it to the stealer shortly after buying the car and they charged $90 to tell me I needed a seat rail that cost about $700. Paid the 90 and never looked back. 7 years later have the same click, although I did find a used seat rail for about $150 that's sitting in the garage waiting to be installed.
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:20 AM
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I've had my 540i/6 for almost a month, and am enjoying it immensely. The sport seats are pretty snug, but comfortable. I've noticed, particularly on left hand turns, that the driver's seat seems to shift or rock slightly. It's subtle, but a little disconcerting, and makes me worry about the long-term health of the seat. I am admittedly a fat bastage (6'3", 290 lbs), which I'm sure doesn't help, but I haven't had this issue in any other cars. The interior is in great shape, and I'd like to keep it that way. I've searched the forums, but haven't found anything that specifically addresses what I'm experiencing.

Anybody run into this? Any known fixes?
it it electrical seat?
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:57 AM
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Have the exact same issue, but I'm 100# lighter, so prob not due to your weight. Took it to the stealer shortly after buying the car and they charged $90 to tell me I needed a seat rail that cost about $700. Paid the 90 and never looked back. 7 years later have the same click, although I did find a used seat rail for about $150 that's sitting in the garage waiting to be installed.
Very interesting, thanks for the info!

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it it electrical seat?
Yep, it is.
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Old 06-17-2010, 02:53 PM
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When I hit a corner sharply my seat will "click" and move very slightly...
I too have this problem. Haven't been able to resolve it. Will have to check out the torx bolts sometime this weekend. Please post if you figure it out!
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:39 PM
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Noisy seats is a common problem on the E39 to my knowledge. Lubing & glue gun in certain positions may reduce but difficult to solve the problem fully unless you change the seat.
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Old 06-18-2010, 01:03 PM
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BMW Tips and Tricks page

http://www.bmwtips.com/


Look at the 3 pages regarding Seat Clicking Noise under Interior

Mine does it once in a while, not consistent enough to worry me yet.
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Old 06-18-2010, 01:49 PM
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If you look at this E38 write-up, once the seat is out of the car, you have access to the rail.
It works almost like a rail road train.

You might want to try some pipe clamp and gently clamp the rail a tiny bit to tighten it up.

http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/567475


Bottom of an E38 seat FYI:

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Old 06-18-2010, 02:01 PM
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Another good reading:

http://faq-bmw.vancouver.bc.ca/530/e...ms-759244.html
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